Candied Jalapeno Slices – Hot Gifts

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These make a great appetizer with cream cheese or just out of hand. They are dead simple to make, too.
Candied Jalapeno Slices
candied jalapeno slices
Candied jalapeno slices on top of cream cheese stuffed celery

These candied jalapeno slices are so easy to make, you will wonder why you haven’t done this before. We like them on a cream cheese topped celery or cracker for a snack.

Many years ago, I was at a party and one of the appetizers was red jalapeno jelly over a bar of cream cheese. When I tasted it, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. I found it at Trader Joe’s, bought it, and a brick of cream cheese. I was determined to make something similar myself.  Luckily, one day I saw a Facebook post about how to make candied jalapeno.  It looked so simple, I tried it. What a surprise a few months later when they were ready.  We had some with cream cheese stuffed celery sticks.

Are they hot?  Yes!  They are certainly hot although the sugar makes the heat a bit more tolerable.  Eating them with cream or other cheese dampens the heat even further.  But, if you like a lot of heat, just eat them out of the jar.

What You Need for Candied Jalapeno Slices

Slices work best with this method. Basically, you are replacing all the juice with sugar so you want small surfaces, and slices provide that.  I would not recommend doing this whole peppers.  It is also advised to use canned jalapenos instead of fresh ones.  You could have bacterial growth before the sugar permeates the pepper and that could be dangerous.  No need to buy an expensive jar, the store brand works just fine.

You don’t have to have special sugar either.  I happen to like Zulka sugar that comes from Mexico.  It’s not GMO

I recommend using the pusher that you can get in a canning kit from Amazon. It does a better job than a knife or anything else. You can also find small canning jars to pack the peppers in once they are ready.  The ones I am using here are 4 oz.

candied jalapeno slices

Candied Jalapeno Slices

These make a great appetizer with cream cheese or just out of hand. They are dead simple to make, too.
Prep Time: 60 days
Total Time: 60 days
Servings (slide to adjust): 24
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American South
Difficulty: Moderate
Newsletter: 2021-06-30
Calories per serving: 66kcal

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  • 1 12 oz jar Jalapeno, sliced, plain
  • 2 cups Sugar, granulated
Ingredients necessary for the recipe step are in italic.


  • Carefully pour the juice out of the jar while keeping the slices inside.
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  • Fill the jar with as much sugar as you can.
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  • Tap the sugar down.
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  • Add as much sugar as you can and reseal.
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  • Put the jar in the cupboard upside down and leave it.
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  • The next day, add more sugar. Keep doing this until all the sugar has melted and become liquid and clear.
  • Leave the jar in the cupboard until you want to divide it up for gifts or enjoy yourself.
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The sugar amount is approximate. It could be more or less.


Calories: 66kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 0gFat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0gMonounsaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 95mgPotassium: 11mgFiber: 1gSugar: 17g
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